Time Goes By…So Quickly

How often do you catch yourself saying things like, the year is flying by or they just grow so fast don’t they? I remember how the days would seem to drag when I was at school filled with clock watching and how six weeks to wait for the half term break literally seemed like it was a lifetime away. Now, six weeks is soon, impending, the not too distant future and I feel like time is slipping away from me.

In my twenty-seven years of life I have been a waitress, call centre operative, insurance advisor, auditor and compliance associate, administrator, team leader, coffee and sandwich maker amongst a few other part time jobs to help earn money for my time. I have been a sister since I was four and a half, become a mother, been in hard relationships and found a lovely man to help grow and make my family complete. I have raised a child to the age of six yet it feels like I was still pregnant with her yesterday. I have traveled, I have moved, I have lived alone and with friends, with others, with partners. Since leaving school eleven years ago my life has taken a multitude of unexpected twists and turns to bring me to where I am today. The trips, the people I’ve met, the things I have seen have both happened a really long time ago and this morning. Time has become a blur and is measured by places I’ve lived, eaten in and worked for.

Every year seems to fly by and I am creeping closer to another milestone age and eleven years after leaving school I am back on the routine of term time as Evangeline is in school. Counting down until half term has started again but not because I need a break, but because I miss time with my daughter. It becomes a break from the early morning school runs and a little more flexibility in the day. Christmas comes and goes, with just as much excitement as it held for me when I was six, seeing my daughter getting excited, preparing for her shows and concerts. Yet it hits me in the face with how fast the next one comes around.

This November Adam and I will celebrate four years of togetherness which is lovely and I am so happy. But I think about how young Evangeline was when we met, how school was so far away in the future that term time wasn’t on my mind. We have experienced so much together as a family, and I’m grateful, I’m happy but there are moments when I just want to hit pause and give myself a little time to reflect.

I want to remember each and every day. I want to remember my daughters sheer joy and delight in an icecream, a surprise trip to the park or ripping open a gift. I just want things to slow down a little bit, so I can enjoy each and every moment, savour it, because tomorrow is not so far away. Hours have become minutes, days have become hours and seasons just seem to change when I blink.

Time goes by, so fast that sometimes it’s a little scary, it’s a little overwhelming. But it’s always exciting.



  1. I so want to hit the pause button too. It’s so scary where the time goes – I remember think that was rubbish as a child when I heard an adult say it. Now my 10 year old daughter is saying the same thing. I think it’s particularly noticeable this time of year because everything is kind of geared up for Christmas. Maybe we need to slow down!

  2. RachelSwirl says:

    My husband and I both found that once we had children time sped up and with the second child it doubled!

  3. This is so true. I am 35 now but and my eldest is turning 4 next month. I can’t believe if he had been born a few short weeks earlier he would already be at school! I already struggle to remember what both mine were like as tiny babies. The time seems to move more quickly as it goes on and having your babies grow up in front of you is so bittersweet. Stopping by from #inspireflourish and will feature you in my post 🙂

    1. I am so glad my girl held on for that extra week and was a September baby, it made such a difference! Thank you so much, feel free to tag and I’ll share too! #inspireflourish

  4. This is something I think about every day, just how fast the time is passing us by. I say it all the time but I feel as though I have blinked and missed the last decade, my baby boy now thirteen next year, my newborn babies now starting school, no longer babies at all. It’s so important to make the most of every moment but sometimes it’s impossible to even register each moment as we lead such busy lives. I so wish there was a pause button, and a rewind button, but for now I am trying to make the most of every moment when I can. #fabfridaypost

  5. Yes I definitely have times when I want to hit that pause button too. Happy anniversary #POCOLO

    1. I think it’s all about living in the moment 🙂 Thank you!

  6. Claire says:

    I’m glad I read this! I’m currently undecided about returning to work, which I know I’m lucky to have a choice about but the decision making is stressful! The main reason is that I don’t want to spend time away from my son, time that may cause me to miss a milestone or even just a happy day! #fortheloveofblog

    1. It really is a tough decision isn’t it? I’m glad I went back to full time work for a little bit, but when I did my daughter was three so I haven’t felt like I’ve really missed out, however I am so much happier working from home now and doing what I love whilst having the freedom to be with my family. I think happy parents make happy children so it’s all about doing what is best for the family at the time of making the decisions.

  7. Helena says:

    Reading this reminds me of a teachers words. You know you are getting older as time passes by faster. #PoCoLo

    1. Yes I completely agree with this! It’s def an age thing.

  8. Ali Duke says:

    I wish I could slow down time too. My daughter is 11 and has just started senior school, but to me it was only 5 minutes ago she was first starting school.

    1. Oh gosh I can’t even imagine Evie starting senior school but I know it’s going to be here before I know it!

  9. Jaki says:

    Yes I completely agree. It feels like yesterday that I left school but it is actually (a scary) 19 years ago!! How is that even possible?! I feel like I’ve blinked and missed the last four years as it feels like just last week I was counting down the weeks until I met the bundle in my tummy I’d nick names Flump. Now my little Ethan is not so little anymore and is getting more and more grown up everyday. If only we could press the pause or rewind button once in a little while. #PoCoLo

    1. It just flies by doesn’t it?! Sometimes this adulting thing can get a little overwhelming. A pause button would really come in handy.

  10. Oh Wow! This is so beautifully written. I can absolutely relate to this. I love this sentence: “Hours have become minutes, days have become hours and seasons just seem to change when I blink.” It feels like time is pushing you forward if only you can have that little piece of time to capture it all. Wonderful! Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost xx

  11. The Pramshed says:

    Time goes by so quickly the older we get for sure, and the years seem to fly by. Is that because we are constantly looking forward to the next thing, or we have more of a concept of a time. I know that when I was younger the wait until Christmas seemed like an eternity. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    1. I know, the autumn term at school seemed to take forever didn’t it? I think for me, it’s because I know have more freedom and control so I don’t clock watch or wait, it’s easy to lose track of time when you’re with people you love and doing what you love to do!

  12. Stephanie says:

    So true, time now just seems to whizz by. Only yesterday I had a twitter conversation and realisation that Christmas is just over two months away. I’m pretty sure I’m still happy for it to be summer. I definitely think time speeds up as you age, so it’s so important to make the most of every minute. Thanks for linking up to #PoCoLo it’s fab to have you along 🙂

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